Mic Check: How Bradley Manning Became the Most Unusual Revolutionary in American History

1. Bradley Manning Found Not Guilty Of “Aiding the Enemy”
 
Army Judge Col. Denise Lind found Pfc. Bradley Manning not guilty of “aiding the enemy” on Tuesday; she convicted him on 19 charges, including six counts of violating the Espionage Act. Manning faces up to 136 years in prison, but his sentence will probably be much shorter. The New York Times applauded Lind for acquitting Manning of “aiding the enemy, and says Manning’s leaks provided “real value.” The Wall Street Journal says Manning’s leaks damaged U.S. security. “Bradley Manning should be nobody’s hero,” the Journal says.
 
More from around the web:
This simple chart explains the Bradley Manning verdict (Washington Post).
 
How Bradley Manning became one of the most unusual revolutionaries in American history (NY Mag).
 
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The Bradley Manning Verdict Shows the New Normal For Whistleblowers (Benjamin Dunphy)

2. Kerry Aims For Mideast Peace Within 9 Months
 
Secretary of State John Kerry announced Tuesday that Israel and the Palestinian Authority will resume peace talks within two weeks with the goal of creating an independent Palestinian state. Kerry has set out an ambitious timetable: He aims to hammer out a deal within nine months. Representatives of Israel and the Palestinian Authority will begin the talks in the Middle Esat, with the eventual goal of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas engaging in direct talks.
 
More from around the web:
Find out where the major players stand on the core issues in the peace talks (BBC).
 
Hope for peace, but buy a lottery ticket (Times of Israel).
 
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Israeli-Palestinian Talks May Be Different This Time – But Probably Not (Saad Asad)

3. Zimbabwe Heads to the Polls For Historic Vote
 
Zimbabweans will elect a new president and members of parliament today in a historic vote that could end President Robert Mugabe’s 33 years in power. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai presents the biggest threat to Mugabe’s reelection bid; he and Mugabe have shared power since violence broke out in Zimbabwe’s 2008 elections. The run up to the elections has been peaceful, but the BBC’s Andrew Harding predicts the losing candidate will refuse to stand down.
 
More from around the web:
• Check out these pictures of Zimbabwe’s elections (BBC).
 
Why it’s time for Mugabe to go (FP).
 
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A Loss For Mugabe May Not Be A Win for Zimbabwe, After All (Kwaku Osei)

4. Report Defends MIT in Aaron Swartz Case
 
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology released a report on Tuesday that investigates the university’s actions in the prosecution of internet activist Aaron Swartz. Swartz committed suicide in January while on trial for downloading almost 5 million academic articles from MIT. The report says MIT played a neutral role in Swartz’s case, and did not press for federal charges. However, the report says MIT could have done more to help Swartz. "MIT missed an opportunity to demonstrate the leadership that we pride ourselves on," the report concludes.
 
More from around the web:
Find out who Aaron Swartz was, from the people who knew him best (New Yorker).
 
• These are the four lamest excuses in MIT’s Aaron Swartz report (Washington Post).
 
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Was Aaron Swartz Hounded to Death By an Unjust Prosecution? (Amy Sterling Casil)

5. How the World is Fighting Russia's Anti-Gay Laws
 
Russian President Vladimir Putin may primarily be known for his daring feats of strength, but his government has been making headlines for its harsh anti-gay laws. Russia passed laws in June banning "gay propaganda" and allowing police to jail suspected gay tourists. In July, the government made it illegal for gay couples to adopt. The international community has found creative ways to battle Russia's laws: Gay bars across the world have stopped serving Russian vodka, and there has been talk of boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
 
More from around the web:
36 photos from Russia everyone needs to see (BuzzFeed).
 
An Olympic legend weighs in on Russia’s bigotry (NY Times).
 
The real reason boycotting Russian vodka probably won’t improve gay rights (Washington Post).
 
More From PolicyMic:
This Dutch Activist Was Arrested For Even Talking About Gay Rights In Russia (Jared Milrad)


DESSERT
This is the story of the man who stole $15 million (Washington Post).
 
What it takes for actors to transform themselves into superheroes (BuzzFeed).
 
The surprising relationship between traffic jams and the economy (Quartz).
 
Check out these comic book adaptations of classic novels (Brain Pickings).
 
4 research-backed reasons you should be allowed to nap at work (The Week).
 
Thanks for reading!
Nick
 
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